“Employee motivation experts say the best way to keep employee enthusiasm moving forward is to “first, do no harm.” At a minimum, don’t do anything that demotivates your workers.”

39 thoughts on “8 Surefire Ways to Demotivate Your Employees

  1. Don't Make Me Angry! You Won't Like Me If I'm Angry!What a political nightmare! Who the hell gives NBPS the right to mess with people's lives? Do they think we are a bunch of mindless idiots? Is it because we depend upon a respectable income,that they can treat us this way? We are not their punching bags. We refuse to be abused, degraded, devalued, unappreciated, and held accountable when things go wrong. We should not have to pick up the pieces for those who continually make mistakes! We are human beings, not robots or machines. We can only do so much. They take us for granted, and this needs to stop!Educators, if you're getting physically or emotionally sick over this nonsense, use your sick days. They can throw us away like yesterday's garbage and we'd lose them, anyway. In their eyes, we are easily replaceable. Give them a dose of their own medicine! How are we expected to give to others if we can't even give to ourselves? Our physical, mental, and emotional well-being is extremely important. Who gives them the right to cause us pain or suffering? To send us off to work with a sense of dread? To go to work sick to our stomachs? To take away our security? To live in fear?STOP hurting teachers and students!At the end of June, we were given a speech by our principal. He asked us not to bash the district. He asked us not to bash the school. He knew morale was at an all-time low. His only concern was the school getting a bad rap. During a district walk, he visited my classroom. He briefly observed, looked around at my print-rich environment, and rifled through some papers on my desk. He never asked myself or my students any questions. Nor did he provide feedback; positive or negative! Why does he still have a job? He does not possess the leadership skills to move us forward. He does not follow through. And, how can he if he never leaves his office? He does not interact with his teachers, and does not stand behind them. When the ball drops, he, like all the others, blame the teachers.

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  2. WOW! NBPS's new Superintendent has done all 8… and the school year has just begun. That's why I was FORCED into RETIREMENT.. from a job I LOVED.. and a JOB that HELPED THE STUDENTS OF NEW BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL. The Administration seems to forget that STUDENTS also need people that will lend an open ear to them. That is what the LMC Attendants did and now their are no more LMC's at the High School and Middle Schools.. Where are the Students going to go to do work that they were unable to do at home????

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  3. Many of us who write anonymously do so because we are educators with no academic freedom, so using our real names would mean risk losing our livelihoods.

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  4. As a parent I don't feel that I get straight answers from the superintendent's office or fair reporting from the standard times so this blog is valuable because it gives unfiltered points of view from many perspectives.

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  5. I have never felt more anxiety like I do this year. I “m always seconding guessing myself. I think I have been doing a good job all these past years, but now I feel like is it enough? This word rigor has me going crazy. Why is it that New Bedford always takes other districts left overs. Pia wasn't good for those others, why is she good for New Bedford ?? Is it because the mayor and the school committee are so out of touch with the schools that they don't know what we need . NBEA members need to vote for the right school committee members and a new mayor !!!!!!!

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  6. I agree with with the “Angry” comment and know who this “top” principal is. I, too, have never received feedback after a classroom district or state walk-through. This principal did not follow protocol. What are his consequences? He prefers the company of his desk and chair over forming relationships with his teachers. And, didn't he throw a tantrum and threaten to leave the district if he was not given this position? Big mistake! He is in over his head and taking us all down with him. Hoping the state takes over to get us to a better place!

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  7. Get rid of them all, starting with the top down. We are already a fragile district! We need, and deserve, a fresh start- a new beginning- to begin to heal from the wounds- torn open by the morons and dictators destroying our schools! Let's start now!

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  8. I've always believed in looking at internal resources first. There was no need to bring Pia on board when we had Jane Daley. She could have been appointed to Superintendent as she has the experience. She knows this district and has knowledge of the forces working against us. She is aware that Durkin is turning the district upside down. Jane has the capacity to right the wrongs. She is well versed on current trends, data analysis, and the needs of the district, including those of ELLs. She is firm, yet fair. She is willing to meet with teachers and their departments, and listen to their ideas. She provides comfortable environments for us to negotiate and make suggestions. Jane is very insightful. She treats people with dignity and respect. This has always been my experience upon my interactions with her. She truly cares. My only regret is that she could not help me during my worst nightmare as I encountered Asst. Super of Diversity and Equity. Her hands were tied. But, it is never too late. I nominate Jane for Superintendent

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  9. Can we start a boycott, march, protest, and flash mob to get the ball rolling? Remove Pia, promote Jane, insert our voting rights during the next election to boot Mayor and anti-education SC members out, review, edit, audit, organize professional learning committees, fire and rehire, debate, and create a unique district that supports its inner circle of resources, values educators and their funds of knowledge, embraces logical and practical strategies and solutions to take our students to the places they need to go! We could embrace STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math! The Arts & Literacy for the 21st Century! The federal dollars are there! We are here! We are willing! We are at the brink, and are ready for change. We know that there is a component to teaching that allows for creativity and fun. Growth with reasonable outcomes. Not all students learn in the same way. It is not always about the test. Students are people, too! We have very diverse needs. Not all students are on the college tract. WE KNOW ALL THIS, AND MORE! WE KNOW MORE THAN YOU DO, SO ASK US! I promise, on the life of my children and students, that if NBPS comes together collectively, and with such passion, energy, dedication, and commitment, we can make this work. I will share everything I have, and everything I can give, to be able to return to my NB family, and fight for what is right!

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  10. There are people right within this district that COULD turn it around but good old boy politics and SC members with NO CLUE get to make decisions for us!!!! I AM SICK OF IT!!! Ask around and you will hear the names of people that CAN get the job done WITHOUT making people feel like a piece of garbage!!!!!

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  11. Who the hell are these “Good Ole' Boys” anyway? Let's call them out! Let's vote them out! They are a negative force! They are obsolete with outdated attitudes!

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  12. I love my job! Ive known I've always wanted to be a teacher. I've worked hard to do the best I can. Why do people come into our schools to criticize and belittle teachers? I've dedicated my life to teaching, I'm a human being with faults but I continue to work on them and to be the best teacher I can. I'm not perfect but who is? He who has not sinned may cast the first stone!

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  13. I applaud the person who wrote about casting the first stone! We have some made mistakes along the way, but we have also done some phenomenal work! To ensure my students felt safe taking risks, I would assure them that it was okay to make mistakes, as I have have made some, too! If we were perfect, we would not be in this situation to begin with!

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  14. Many of our “administrators” are administrators because of nepotism, political affiliation, and friendships. Building principals have been more interested in dashing out of their building to attend meetings. Our assistant superintendent and some principals met during their work day to write their thesis; to go to classes; and have spent and still do spend numerous amount of hours plotting – bitching – and wasting time. And, Yet the soldiers are being blamed for the school system's failure. Pardon me – but if there is no direction how can you blame us. If only the same people keep getting rewarded and complimented – then why shouldn't morale be low. It is all pretty disheartening.

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  15. Teachers wearing jeans is not the problem. A dress code is not the problem. Why can't we all show solidarity and decide to wear jeans on a scheduled day to show that we are sticking together and taking a stand against the abuse and injustice ? …..

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  16. # 5: Just because you hold the cards doesn’t mean you should hide them. Explaining the big management decisions will help employees understand your perspective—and they’ll respect you for it. Likewise, sharing key company data such as revenue and profits validates staff contributions.Someone should teach the “senior” Queen B of the North End this. She only shares with her “Peeps”; and black balls the people they do. Not the best administrator – but well connected. This is the nonsense we deal with throughout the district. Someone needs to clean house for this city to move forward.

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  17. Who is Pia Durkin to come into our schools and tell teachers what they can and can't have on their desks, what posters they can hang in their room, and that jeans are not acceptable? We need to stand together and take her down. She is a tyrant, a bully, and a dictator! She looks like Judge Judy and she thinks she can rule with an iron fist like her. We need to show her we won't tolerate it!

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  18. so let me put my life on the line… being the end of the line for all… a clerk, ok excuse me a secretary, of which I am neither. I am an administrative assistant. All of you teachers who have degrees depend on us. I have heard on multitudes of occasions that you could never do my job…. so why no appropriate compensation (or support) for now into year 4??? I have never once heard your support for us, your backbone. You got yours, we settled for ours in good faith and still got nothing… 27 cents and no stipend for those at the top step are still waiting. It is disgusting that there is no unity between us. We don't have tuition reimbursement…in an educational environment we cannot better ourselves, how hypocritical. With earnings of less than half of most of you make how do we live to your simplest expectation for every student. When a student cannot be managed in you class you send them to my office…I manage them. I never get to see the joys… only the turmoil and yet you still don't see me as deserving enough.

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  19. This is not Russia. Czars have been exiled, or have expired. If you rule with an iron fist, you will meet with resistance. Pia had an opportunity to put her best foot forward, but she didn't! She could have treated us with dignity and respect, but she didn't! She could have inspired us, but she didn't! She made a lasting impression, and we saw her true character! Enough said!

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  20. This is not Russia. Czars have been exiled, or have expired. If you rule with an iron fist, you will meet with resistance. Pia had an opportunity to put her best foot forward, but she didn't! She could have treated us with dignity and respect, but she didn't! She could have inspired us, but she didn't! She made a lasting impression, and we saw her true character! Enough said!

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  21. To the nepotism blogger, at my school, our administrators referred to themselves as the “Dream Team”. Really? They were definitely out of touch with reality. If they didn't want to deal with something, they would avoid. Once again, guess who was blamed?Some of the offices radiated nepotism. If you were part of the cool group, you only had to teach two classes. You had a lunch duty, but other than that, you hung out with your peeps!

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  22. The nerve of Pia Jerkin to come into our district like a Storm Trooper and try to destroy the infrastructure of an already fragile district. We have nothing to fear, but fear itself! Look her in the eyes, and stare her down.

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  23. Pia Jerkin can kiss my big, white….overhead projector screen, unless she wants to replace it with a Smart board. But, that is not going to happen in this district!

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  24. Dear Administative Assistant,You are underappreciated when you truly are the backbone that holds everything together. Many times, you work harder than your boss. We know how knowledgeable you are, and refer to you as the go-to person. Not only can you run your office with you eyes closed, you possess a wealth of knowledge and resources. Your contributions should be validated! You have our support! Shame on NBPS. They are about to lose so much!

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  25. Agreed, administrative assistant. Your are always there to make the boss look good, but are treated poorly in most every way. Pardon us for our lack of notice. When things get like this,the tendancy is to “circle the wagons” and look out for #1. It is unfortunate that ALL have to suffer like this.

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  26. To the administrative assistant…if I, as a teacher….ever made you feel that way, please accept my deep apology…not only have I seen what you do (having had office duty for a brief time) but had many years experience as a secretary myself. But as in any other profession, some are more or less skilled or experienced, some haven't got there YET….but please note, than in CLASS WARFARE which our nation, our city, and our school as a microcosm thereof, are undergoing right now, the trick of the “top” people are to turn the “little people” against each other!

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  27. I can only imagine the secrets that the Administrative Assistant carries around in her heart. She sees what we don't see. She sees the lack of…She sees avoidance. All the things we are forced to endure, just to make them look good. District walks…what a joke!

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  28. We are being told to turn a blind eye on certain discipline issues because our administrators don't have time to deal with it. What happened to a safe work environment?

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  29. Why are principals taking the sei course during school time yet teachers have to take it during their own time…their getting paid while taking it that is not right.

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